Last year the NDTi worked with 8 demonstration sites across England to help the sites to develop and share good practice around how they prepare and support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for adult life. We found that all of the 8 sites are doing some good work in some areas such as employment and how they engage with young people.
We also found that the sites are struggling with the reforms due to extra pressure put on teams and a reduction in resources because of budget cuts. Each site has challenges around experienced staff leaving and new staff coming in who don’t necessarily understand the changes. Along with this a number of sites have staff and managers as interims in posts which means that they may not have a good understanding of the local area or know how long they will be working there.
All professionals involved in implementing the SEND reforms, especially those involved in preparing young people with SEND for a good adult life.
Last year NDTi worked as part of the delivery support team funded by the Department for Education to help local areas improve their support offer to young people (and their families) in preparing them for a positive adult life.
As part of the Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) work, the team selected 8 demonstration sites across England to make further progress in PfA and to show what is possible in delivering the PfA agenda.